Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: The Creole Princess


The Creole Princess
By Beth White
Gulf Coast Chronicles, #2
Revell, 2015


Summary

Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter--though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.


My thoughts

Rich with historical detail, diverse culture, vivid sense of place, and one of the most enchanting romances ever, The Creole Princess by Beth White is the perfect historical romance. At times I read quickly, eager to see what would happen - but most often I read slowly, not wanting to miss a single nuance Beth incorporated into this exquisite narrative.

I've always heard that authors should write about what they know, and Beth has certainly done that here. Extensive research can result in great knowledge of the subject, but when I read the books in this series, I feel Beth's love and passion for the Gulf Coast area in which she lives, as well as its history.  Even French pastries were mentioned, and I'm dying for a taste of the beignets that Rafe and Lyse frequently enjoyed. (Visit Beth's Pinterest board for some great images of setting and costumes).

The Creole Princess spans four years of America's fight for independence, 1776 to 1780, but our glimpse into this struggle comes through the lens of the Gulf Coast region, from Florida to the eastern coast of Texas. I thought I knew a good bit about the Revolutionary War era, my favorite period of history, but this story incorporates much that is unfamiliar and I found it fascinating. According to Beth's excellent background information at the end, this coastal area saw heavy involvement from Britain, France, and Spain, with Spain's great contribution to the war only recently coming to light.


Beignets
Lyse and Rafa are strong, appealing characters that readers will long remember. Lyse, daughter of a freed slave and a drunken fisherman, carries the blood of both slave and aristocrat and exemplifies the complexity of the Gulf Coast culture, for she "had grown up in the rather amorphous class of not-black, not-white, not-Indian, but a strange hybrid of all three." Lyse is a descendant of Tristan & Geneviève Lanier from book #1, The Pelican Bride - and while The Creole Princess can stand alone, a better feel for setting and culture will be gained by reading the series in order.

With his courage, love for adventure, tenderness, and humorous spirit, Spanish merchant Rafa goes on the list of my favorite leading men. His goofiness, fun loving and carefree ways mask a deep intelligence, hinting that there are hidden depths no one has seen. I loved how Rafa and Lyse have an instant connection and their romance grows in a steady and realistic way through their encounters over the years. There are some great scenes to enjoy, Lyse's evening with Rafa at Madame Dussouy's salon being one of my favorites. While historical elements are stronger than in many books of this genre, Rafa and Lyse drive the story and romance fans will greatly enjoy their chemistry.

It always baffles me how a nation fighting for its own freedom could, at the same time, enslave another group of people. Race, prejudice, slavery, and divided loyalties all play major parts in this story through a rich cast of characters, and are skillfully handled by Beth.  I liked how Lyse held tightly to the Christian faith passed on by her grandmother and "believed the Bible's assumption that all men and women - slave and free, male and female, all nationalities and cultures - were equal in value under God. It was a new concept, however, to imagine that intrinsic value functioning in political and everyday practice."

I can't leave without sharing a couple of great "one liners" from two very wise characters. To Lyse's cousin, Scarlet, Blackberry warns, "You a servant to hatred, and that's the bitterest slavery of all." And as Lyse reflects on the merit of a British soldier's romantic interest, Joony advises, "If you got a man never disagrees with you, one of you ain't necessary."

I enjoyed every minute spent reading The Creole Princess and highly recommend it.

Click on the title to see my review of the first book in this series:  The Pelican Bride

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Beth White
Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of one--so far. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award.

Find Beth online at www.bethwhite.net, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Review: The Captive Imposter


The Captive Imposter
By Dawn Crandall
The Everstone Chronicles, #3
Whitaker House, 2015


Summary

Sent away for protection, hotel heiress Estella Everstone finds herself living undercover as a lady’s companion named Elle Stoneburner at one of her father’s opulent hotels in the mountains of Maine—the one she'd always loved best and always hoped to own one day, Everston. The one thing she doesn't like about the situation is that her ex-fiancé is in the area and is set on marrying someone else. Reeling from her feelings of being unwanted and unworthy, Estella reluctantly forms a friendship with the gruff manager of Everston, Dexter Blakeley, who seems to have something against wealthy young socialites with too much money, although they are just the kind of people Everston caters to.

When Estella finds herself in need of help, Dexter comes to the rescue with an offer she can't refuse. She sees no other choice aside from going back home to her family and accepts the position as companion to his sister. Throughout her interactions with Dexter, she can't deny the pull that's evidenced between them every time he comes near. Estella realizes that while she's been hiding behind a false name and identity, she’s never been freer to be herself than when she's with Dexter Blakeley. But will he still love her when he finds out she's Estella Everstone? She's not entirely sure.


My thoughts

The Captive Imposter, book #3 in The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall, focuses on Estella Everstone in a story that captivated me from the very first page. I love everything about Dawn's writing - lyrical prose, first-person POV, rich characterizations, and captivating storylines that stay in my mind long after the last page is turned. Dawn's writing style is beautifully unusual, refreshing, and reminiscent of an atmospheric style from the past - and I hope she never loses that quality, because that is one of the many things that endears her stories to me. And the literary quotes with which Dawn begins each chapter add so much interest, as they reflect the tone of events to come.


Half Moon Lake
The Captive Imposter is set in the picturesque mountain wilderness of Maine during the year of 1891 - specifically Everston, a grand hotel and resort in the Appalachian Mountains of central Maine. I love stories where the setting essentially becomes a major character, and from Everston's interior scenes to the rugged beauty of the Half Moon Lake area, Dawn excels at conveying visual images that readers can see and feel. Be sure to check out the images on her Pinterest board for an even better feel for the characters and setting.

As a fan of character-driven drama, I'd have to say that rich characterization is one strength of this series. Estella, daughter of Bram Everstone,  was a minor character in the two previous stories and I enjoyed seeing the path that her life takes in The Captive Imposter. She had pursued the affections of a doctor in the past, wanting to prove that she was worthy of sharing his call to the mission field, and that same doctor complicates her life in this story. I loved how, in the guise of a lowly companion, Estella gradually journeys from a seemingly spoiled heiress into a child of God, yielded to His will. In Ella's words, "Most people treated me as if I lived in a glass box. Now that I'd had a taste of what it was like to be outside that box, I didn't look forward to going back."

And Dexter is a wonderful hero! He's tender and caring, and makes a ministry out of his position as manager/owner of Everston. But we see growth in him as he comes to realize his antipathy toward wealth and that he had "harbored a hardness of heart" toward the very people he had ministered to. Dexter and Estella's romance is sweet and realistic because everything builds slowly, starting out as friends and growing into so much more. Dawn does such a good job at creating tension because I almost read with dread, knowing that when secrets on both sides were eventually revealed, things would probably not go well for this unlikely pair.


Iron Mountain
Some of the most moving scenes to me were the outdoor church services offered by the hotel, services that took place deep in the woods at a place called Leightner Hollow. Dexter's words spoken from a rugged altar touched me, as well as Estella:  "You've been freed. He wants you, your heart...and that's it. No motives, no questions, and no confusion. Just be his."

The Captive Imposter is a story of forgiveness, seeing people as God sees them, and surrendering our desires to God's perfect will. I especially liked how, in response to being told that she and Dexter were perfect for each other, Estella replied that they chose to marry "because we want to be together, though we know that there will be times when we aren't perfect for each other. After all, no one is perfect. But that's part of the commitment you make when you marry - to always love your spouse, flaws and all."

In The Everstone Chronicles, Dawn has created a larger-than-life family that I've grown to care about, and that's an indication of quality writing. I'm not ready to leave this family, for the ending of The Captive Imposter cries out for Vance's story, and I'd love to learn more of Bram Everstone as well. Highly recommended.



Please click on the titles to see my review of the previous two books:
The Hesitant Heiress
The Bound Heart


Dawn Crandall
        A graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and aformer bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Dawn Crandall didn’t begin writing until2010 when her husband found out about her long-buried dream of writing a book. Without a doubt about someday becoming traditionally published, he encouraged her to quit working in order to focus on writing The Hesitant Heiress. It didn’t take her long to realize that writing books was what she was made to do. Dawn is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary.
        Apart from writing books, Dawn is also a first-time mom to a precious little boy (born March 2014) and also serves with her husband in a pre-marriage mentor program at their local church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
        The Everstone Chronicles is Dawn’s first series with Whitaker House. All three books composing the series were semifinalists in ACFW’s prestigious Genesis Writing Contest, the third book going on to become a finalist in 2013.

Meet Dawn online at dawncrandall.blogspot.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Thank you to Dawn for providing an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: Against the Flow


Against the Flow
By John Lennox
Monarch Books, 2015


Summary

A wide-ranging discussion of the place of Christianity in the public square . . .

Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. It tells of four young men, born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 b.c., and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, emperor of Babylon. Daniel describes how they eventually rose to senior positions of administration.

Daniel and his friends did not simply maintain their private devotion to God; they maintained a high-profile witness in a pluralistic society antagonistic to their faith. Their story carries a powerful message for us today. Society tolerates the practice of Christianity in private and in church services, but increasingly it deprecates public witness. If Daniel and his compatriots were with us today they would be in the vanguard of public debate.

This is a lucid and erudite examination of the life of Daniel from a leading expert on faith and science. In his first biblical work, Dr. Lennox provides a unique perspective on both Western society and biblical exegesis that will make Against the Flow an instant classic encouraging Christians to speak out in our modern Babylon.


My thoughts

"Babylon is the ancient version of our secular society."

Against the Flow is a book that combines theology, apologetics, and Christian living - and I simply cannot state how powerful a book this is! Most people are familiar with the fiery furnace and lions' den stories, but not until reading Dr. Lennox's compelling book did I realize how relevant the book of Daniel is for us today.

Just like the young Daniel, we live in a pluralistic, tolerant society that is becoming increasingly antagonistic to the Christian faith. Rather than becoming paralyzed by the move toward political correctness, there is much to be learned from the pages of Daniel, and Dr. Lennox has done an incredible job in this book that informs, challenges and inspires.

Against the Flow explores the book of Daniel from theological, historical and cultural aspects. While it's not light reading, Dr. Lennox writes in a style that is easy to understand and I often found it hard to put down. There is a wealth of valuable insight - these thoughts about tolerance, for instance . . .

Tolerance asserts the right to have convictions, to make judgments about right and wrong, which differ from those of others. Tolerance does not demand that we accept the opinions, beliefs, and lifestyles of others, but only that we learn to live without forcing them to line up with us. . . . The new tolerance, however, is completely different. It seizes on the idea of offence and holds that I must not ever offend anyone else by expressing disapproval of any aspect of his or her behaviour or ideas. . . . To put it another way: the old tolerance accepted the existence of other views while disagreeing with them; the new tolerance insists on accepting the views themselves and not merely their existence.

In the introduction, Dr. Lennox writes about Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:  "Daniel's story is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power in the full glare of public life. . . . In this book we shall try to learn something about what it was that gave that ancient foursome the strength and conviction to be prepared, often at great risk, to swim against the flow in their society and give unequivocal, courageous public expression to what they believed."

Litfuse Publicity put together a wonderful interview with Dr. Lennox that is very eye-opening and informative. Against the Flow has a powerful message and I highly recommend it.

John Lennox is a fascinating teacher. Here is one of several teaching videos that are available on YouTube:



John C. Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College. He lectures on Faith and Science for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is author of a number of books on the relations of science, religion and ethics. He and his wife, Sally, live near Oxford.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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http://litfusegroup.com/author/jlennox

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Interview + GIVEAWAY: John C. Lennox, Author of Against the Flow


Part theology, part Christian living, Against the Flow by John C. Lennox is an important read for Christians, especially when you consider today's political environment. Dr. Lennox writes in a style that is easy to read, compelling, and downright hard to put down. I will be posting my review in a couple of days.

I want to thank Audra and the team at Litfuse Publicity for giving me the opportunity to share this interview and to offer a copy to one of our readers. If this is a topic you find interesting, please leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Here's the John C. Lennox interview in its entirety . . .



The concepts of tolerance and political correctness are having a chilling effect on the public practice of Christianity. That’s why readers will find Dr. John C. Lennox’s new book Against the Flow: The Inspiration of Daniel in an Age of Relativism incredibly timely. Lennox, who has defended the Christian faith in debates against the likes of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, gives every follower of Christ the intellectual foundation they will need to argue the role their faith should have in the public discourse.

While anyone who has spent time in a Sunday-school classroom is familiar with the biblical story of Daniel, Lennox mines this classic historical account to encourage cultural bravery in Christians trying to find their place in a postmodern society. The story of these four young men born in the tiny state of Judah around 500 B.C. and captured by Nebuchadnezzar, the emperor of Babylon, is one of extraordinary faith in God lived out at the pinnacle of executive power. The book of Daniel describes in detail how each of them eventually rose to senior positions of administration.


Q:  You have studied and lectured on a number of different biblical topics – why did you choose to write Against the Flow about the biblical story of Daniel?

It is one of my favourite narratives in the Bible because it records the life of an individual who was prepared, even when he was given high office, to publicly stand up for God, despite being under immense pressure to renounce or privatize his beliefs. He didn’t just maintain his private devotion to God, but a cutting-edge public witness which is much rarer.


Q:  Why should every Christian be familiar with the themes found in the story of Daniel?

Much of the book is of direct relevance today. Babylon is the ancient version of our secular society, and Daniel and his friends were called upon to stand for their faith even though they were in a tiny cultural minority.  They did this in the full glare of publicity rather than run away to form a ghetto. Their values were challenged – is there anything of absolute value or is everything merely relative?  Are our religious beliefs just a result of our upbringing? What evidence is there that the supernatural realm exists?  What do we do if God’s law clashes with human law? When is the status of humankind compared to animals? Do we live in a closed or open universe, and how ultimate are the laws of nature? Does the Bible have any predictive power? The real weight of many contemporary intellectual spiritual, moral and ethical questions come out clearly in Daniel’s remarkable book.



Q:  Babylon, where Daniel was captive, was a hub for commerce, culture and education. How was this possible when it was built on false religions and moral ambiguity? What can modern Christians learn from this juxtaposition?

This was one of the questions that Daniel and his friends must have contemplated. Was the sheer scale and might of the city a sign of God’s favour or even a confirmation of the power that the Babylonian gods wielded? Yet, as the story shows, Babylon was built on very shaky and inadequate moral, spiritual and philosophical foundations as we see in Daniel’s analysis of the reasons for its ultimate demise.


Q:  Why do you call the times in which we live a “modern Babylon?”

The city of Babylon is used throughout the Bible to describe a society that has turned away from God, indeed is founded on defiance of God, basing its confidence on human ability and intellectual capacity to “make a name for itself.” Its ancient ziggurat was a forerunner of the modern skyscraper and all that such buildings symbolize. It was a powerful city within which a plurality of beliefs existed and the same kind of idols that its inhabitants worshipped (many of which were based on deifying the laws of nature) still predominate in society today (sex, greed, power, wealth, etc). Daniel, though he lived in Babylon, didn’t live for it. He, like Abraham, lived for a heavenly city which has true foundations and whose architect is God.


Q:  Why do you think Daniel and his friends were able to rise to power in the midst of such a corrupt culture?

What is interesting about their rise to prominence is that they were not prepared to keep their faith in God a secret, which they could easily have done in order to save themselves. Instead, they deliberately stood up for their belief in the public sphere and, as a result, crucially, they were seen to be different (in a positive sense). Daniel was known for his “insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom” (Daniel 5:13). His life was such that his accusers were unable to find anything to charge him with (Daniel 6:4).  He also showed immense courage to interpret the dream for Nebuchadnezzar, as the King had already threatened to execute his wise men for their inability to do so.  Nebuchadnezzar’s promotion of Daniel was a result of Daniel’s obedience to God.  Those that honour God, he honours.


Q:  What should the focus be for Christians who have found themselves placed in positions of power and influence?

The focus of all Christians should be to live for God in whatever sphere of influence they are in. It is in our work environments that our faith in God is most likely to be tested.  People in positions of power are under particular pressures. In one sense they have a great opportunity because of their influence, but in another they have a great responsibility, as well as much to lose. Yet these concerns were exactly the same for Daniel who provides an amazing model for us today, whether or not we are in positions of power.


Q:  It would be hard to find a child who grew up in church who has not heard the story of Daniel in the lion’s den – but this is more than just a thrilling story – what does it tell us about the relationship between law and religion –specifically, the Jewish religion?

The genius of Daniel is that it shows how important law and legislation is. Once laws are passed, they can be very difficult to overturn and it can be too late to protest about them. So in Daniel, a central theme is about how we should focus on living under God’s law in a culture that is prepared to pass laws that discriminate against believers publicly expressing their faith.


Q:  What has been the effect of political correctness on the public practice of the Christian faith? Could Daniel have identified with this?

There is a pressure in society to respect all different viewpoints and to keep our faith private, so we don’t ‘offend’ anyone. One problem with this is that it causes confusion about how to judge between different ideas (their truthfulness), for example, or right and wrong. In society we have relativized the absolute and yet we can’t live without absolutes, so we tend to do the opposite and treat as absolute what is merely of relative value – like money, power, status etc.


Q:  You say in Against the Flow, that there is one point Richard Dawkins has made that you completely agree with. What is that point and what does it mean for Christians?

Dawkins is not a postmodernist, nor am I.  We agree upon the fact that there is such a thing as truth that is independent of you and me.  We agree that if someone makes a truth-claim, then you should be able to ask them what evidence they have for holding that viewpoint. Christians don’t have to be philosophers or academics, but they should be able to give reasons for the hope that they have (1 Peter 3:15). Yet this is not a one-sided thing, as the same must go for the naturalistic beliefs that most atheists hold.


Q:  Why do you think our culture has accepted the idea that faith has little or no place in the public discourse?

A major reason for this is a misunderstanding of the word. The new atheists have helped to propagate the notion that faith is believing in something in the absence of evidence. This is an idiosyncratic and incorrect use of the word and is what is usually referred to as blind faith.  My faith in Christ is evidence based – the main evidence being the resurrection in history and my own experience.  It is also helpful to remember that faith is indispensable to science. No one would do any science if they did not believe = have faith in the fact that = science can be done.


Q:  What is the proper place of Christianity in today’s postmodern society?

Although our culture is informed by postmodernism, most people believe in truth in one form or another and certainly in areas they consider important. There are several worldviews in our western culture today – naturalism and Christianity being two of them – and what I object to is atheistic naturalism being regarded de facto as the default world view.  That is not the case – all worldviews ought to be free to enter discussion in the public space.


Q:  Do you see the stand for righteousness in a wicked culture as being in competition with Christian compassion?

I wouldn’t see the two as being in competition with each other, as the key is how we convey our faith to others. We must always communicate righteousness in a way that also conveys our compassion. This isn’t always easy, which is why we have to ask God to help us in our conversations.


Q:  You have debated well-known atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. What was one of your most challenging debate moments? Most rewarding?

The most challenging thing is probably after a debate, when you process what was said and what might have been said. The most rewarding part is hearing from those who have been helped by them, such as those who have subsequently become Christians or those whose faith has either been strengthened or revived by seeing the discussions. One of the motivations for doing them is that people are influenced by what public intellectuals say. It is not surprising that if Stephen Hawking says there is no God, people think “who am I to question him?”


Q:  What is the single most important lesson for the Christian from the life of Daniel?

It is intended to be a clarion call to our generation to be courageous and to not to lose our nerve and allow the expression of our faith to be diluted or squeezed out of the public space, thus rending us spineless or ineffective. Hopefully it will help strengthen our resolve to swim against the flow, not only to put our heads above the parapet, but also to make sure in advance that our minds and hearts are prepared, so that we do not get blown away in the first salvo!

Learn more about John C. Lennox and Against the Flow at www.johnlennox.org or on Twitter (ProfJohnLennox).


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Review: God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea


God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea
By Rose Chandler Johnson
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2013


Summary

In the South, nothing is more refreshing than a glass of sweet iced tea. Nothing, that is, except experiencing God in those small, everyday moments.

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a deeply personal collection of spiritual treasures designed to help readers experience new mercies each morning. Seasoned with insight and grace, this tender devotional points to the divine presence of God in everyday moments. God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea will help readers develop a daily habit of turning to God in those quiet moments of reflection.


My thoughts

First of all, there's a lot of excellent devotionals out there, several of which I've used, but there's something about God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea by Rose Chandler Johnson that just clicks with me. These meditative thoughts have blossomed out of her personal walk over the years, and Rose writes with honesty from a depth of experience and maturity.


The subtitle, Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments, couldn't be more descriptive. Rose states in the introduction that she likes to focus on God showing Himself in everyday things - and since we live in the "ordinary," I think it's when we're able to see God in the everyday things around us that life's most eternal lessons are learned.

The purpose of a devotional is to temporarily move our focus from all that demands our time and attention in the world so that we can draw closer to the heart of God, and that is exactly what this collection does. This is not a deep book, nor does it need to be. It's actually a simple book, and therein lies its beauty and effectiveness.

The daily format is basically Rose's thoughts, Scripture readings, journaling prompts, and prayer focus. In spite of my best efforts over the years, I struggle with journaling, yet this is something I long to do. Rose makes this the easiest I've ever seen and both her journal prompts and prayer focus are my favorite parts.

Now, I'm a southern girl - in fact, I live in the same state as Rose - so I have to say how much I enjoy this southern connection. I share her affinity for sweet iced tea and love the way she brings it into intimacy with God. Rose writes that our quiet time is "a time for intimate conversation, like chatting with a friend as you sip a glass of tea or a cup of coffee." I'd like to end with this thought that especially spoke to me, from the "Be Still and Know" meditation . . .


In the early evenings, I sat on the deck with a glass of iced tea, watching the clouds float by and listening to the birds. During these times, my soul became quiet and still. I communed with God in my heart and mind. Like the sun bursting from behind the clouds, joy burst into my heart. . . . I experienced a renewed appreciation for who He is, the Creator of the universe and the lover of my soul. I believe God is truly pleased when I practice this Scripture. Be still and know Him.

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is a wonderful devotional resource that would be appreciated not only by new believers, but seasoned Christians as well. I personally look forward to slowly working my way through this collection, probably spending more than one day on each.  God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea is indeed drawing me closer to God - and for that, I give it 5 stars.

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Rose Chandler Johnson's devotions, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God, and engaging with her readers. Rose is from a tiny Georgia town, and has lived near Augusta, Georgia, for the last twenty-eight years. For the last twenty years, Rose has been a French and English teacher. She's also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. Rose enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their families.

Meet Rose online at writemomentswithgod.blogspot.com

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Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.